It is now believed by authorities that Keschon Kerns never had a gun. Instead, Jamal Kerns took his grandfather’s gun and fatally shot Keschon Kerns, the district attorney said.
A few days after the death, Jamal Kerns told the AJC that he loved his cousin.
“I was just trying to think what happened and who did it,” Jamal Kerns said at the time. “I loved him to death, man.”
Jamal Kerns was not initially charged because police she he had an alibi. He and his brother, Jamel Kerns, said they were at a hookah bar before the body turned up. Jamel Kerns said Keschon Kerns was playing a video game when they left the Decatur home. The brothers said they came back at 3 or 4 a.m. and didn’t see their cousin in the darkened driveway.
The District Attorney’s Office said the brothers did spend several hours at a hookah bar, but that was after Jamal Kerns fled the scene after shooting his cousin.
Jamal Kerns confessed to the killing while he was being questioned about another shooting that occurred June 6 when he injured a friend, the AJC reported. The District Attorney’s Office said Jamal Kerns and his friend were hanging out in a car outside the friend’s mother’s home when the conversation turned to Keschon’s death. The friend told Jamal Kerns that he did not believe his alibi, prosecutors said.
Jamal Kerns then got out of the car, grabbed a gun from his truck parked nearby and shot into his friend’s car several times, according to the district attorney. The friend was struck on the right side of his head.
Following Jamal Kerns’ guilty verdict, he was sentenced to life in prison, plus 25 years.